The popular Mzansi Magic show "Our Perfect Wedding" held open auditions for a new presenter this past Saturday -- and a number of auditionees from the Johannesburg leg say it was a giant mess.
One infuriated woman says they were not expecting royal or VIP treatment in the audition process, but there was no direction and their health was compromised.
"Let me tell you about a group of people who sat in a space that was congested, heated, and there wasn't even a single tap in this stupid place. People were dehydrated and exhausted."
— Manu Ndlovu (@Nonobear) September 17, 2017
Based on social media, this is what we know about the auditioning process:
1. Hundreds were packed in a hot warehouse without, at the very least, a water tap.
The audition venue was appalling for the #OPWPresenterSearch what a health risk so disappointing!👎🏽😔mxm— Mam'Jwara🌸 (@MAtonzzz) September 16, 2017
2. There was no clear direction.
3. There were allegations of some crew members and or security guards being bribed so that some people could get in front of the line.
Security guards were taking bribes so unfair putting people in the front Suka!! #OPWPresenterSearch— Mam'Jwara🌸 (@MAtonzzz) September 16, 2017
4. There were allegations of celebrities, who arrived later than some people, being pushed to the front of the queue.
#OPWPresenterSearch,what a terrible day,no order,notruth,celebs who weren't in line picked yet ppl returnd in groups,bad mngment unfairness— Lebo (@LeboD37) September 16, 2017
5. Some people, who'd been there for close to 12 hours, did not even get to the audition.
The audition process was later closed on account of health and safety concerns.
This has led to some auditionees believing that they were just there to add numbers and help the hype of the presenter search.
This woman, who took to Twitter, feels they were "treated like dirt" and wasted the judges' time.
It also made others question whether or not judges had already made their pick. Allegations such as these have marred open auditions before.
#OPWPresenterSearch knows how to make us fools shame, why can't they just reveal thier preference? Whooò shem— nomaseko peterson (@sekos_09241) September 16, 2017
Others questioned whether or not the show was genuinely looking for a new face -- as there were established faces from the television industry in attendance.
No 86 u must have bribed someone we were there way b4 u I thought connect TV was looking 4 raw talent u r already on TV— Nosi_jwara (@NosizweJwara) September 16, 2017
At the reveal of the presenter search, head of publicity at Local M-Net Channels said: "We are looking forward to the exciting journey the show will be taking, opening up the platform for a hidden gem, a new face with untapped talent."
Others had the most fun, though:
The presenter audition was also held in the Eastern Cape and KwaZulu-Natal -- with no similar complaints.